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Yet, when all's snid and done, to my eye the |And well do I know that the sisterhood numbers, drab bonnet

Arrayed in that liberty coxcoinbs reprove, Is the loveliest of any, and chief when it wears, Forms as fair as e'er Aaslı'd on a poet's sweet Not only the bright gloss of neatness npon it,

slumbers, But beneath the expression benevolence bears : And faces as lovely as ever targhit love. Then let Fashion exult in her vapid vagaries, This I know, and have felt, and thus knowing From her fascinations my favourite is free;

and feeling, Be Folly's the bead gear which momently varies, A recreant minstrel I surely shonld be,

But a bonnet of drab is the neatest to me. If my heart felt attachment, and fondness conThough stately the ostrich-plome gracefully cealing, throwing

The bonnet of drab were unhonon red hy me. Its feathery flashes of light to the eye, I have basked in the full blaze of beauty and Though tas 7 and trim the straw bonnet when fashion, glowing

Have seen these united in gifts rich and rare, With its ribbands so brilliant of varions dye; And crown'd with a heart that could cherish comYet somehow, or other, thougli none can seem passion, duller

And, hy sympathy, soften what sorrow must Than a simple drab bonnet to many a gaze,

share; It is, and it will be, the favourite colour Yet acknowledging this, which I can do sinRound which, with fresh fondness, my fancy cerely, still plays ;

Still the highest enjoyment this bosom e'er And it well suits my Muse with a garland to knew, wreath it,

The glance which it treasures most fondly and And echo its praises with gratefullest glee,

dearly, For knowing the goodness that oft lurks beneath Beam'd from under a bon net of drab coloured it,

hue. The bonnet of drab beats a turban with me. 'Twas my pleasure and pride,-it is past, and Full many a rare gem the poet hath chaunted, hath perishid, ln the deptbs of the ocean flings round it its Like the track of a ship in the deep hearing

sheen, And “ full many a flower,” its beauties un But its loveliness lives, its remembrance is checounted,

rishid, Springs to life, sheds its perfume, and withers And a bonnet of drab is the sweetest to me!

sea ;

unseen.

MONTHLY MISCELLANY;
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THE THEATRES,

still wearing his idiot's guise. Tullia, the

tsrant's wise, who drove her chariot over the DRURY-LANE.

dead body of her father, is disturbed by dreams The managers at Drury-Lane have, at

and predictions.-" The fall of Tarquin shall be length, succeeded in producing a very at

effected by a fool.” Such was ihe prophecy that

ronised her fears, of whicle the oloject is Lucius tractive dramı; and we now most sincerely | Junius Brutus, Slie sends for him, but is quiet. hope that a succession of overflowing audi- | ed by his seeming imbecility. The memorable ences will give a just returu to the laudable wager is now made at the camp, and Collatinas efforts of the Committee and their mana. and the younger Tarquin set out instantly fur ger, to support this ancient and respectable Rowe, to make trial of the excellence of their concern, In Kean and Mrs. West they becomies enamoured returns the next niglit

wives. They visit Lucretia-Sextus Tarquinios bave their due share of public attraction.

alone, and by the iu fumy of his crime provokes The new tragedy of Brutus attracts

the genius of Roman liberly and justice. Ser. nightly such audiences as it well merits. (us, on his return, meets Brutus, and relates to It is attributed to the pen of Mr. Howard him his adventure. The latter throws off the Payue, a young gentleman of much active musk, starts forth into his real character, and merit and future promise. We here annex

issuils the wroicle with indignant curses. Lua sketch of the plot.

cretia sends for lier husband : le arrives with

Brutus and her father. She makes her memorable The play opens at the camp of Ardea, near speech, and kills berself. Brutus swears upan Rome, after the return of Brutus from Delphi, ll the reeking dagger to revenge her, and give

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Rame freedom. His friends join him in the oath. thos. In this, as in other paris, his insatiable Brutus :ddresses the people ; iliey shut the gates love of points led him into the mistake of break. against the tyrant, and tear down his palace. | ing up into splendid fragments, passages, the Tullia is condemned by Brurus to be imprisoned poetical merit of which could be conveyed only in Rhea's Temple, which contained her father's | by calm and dignified declamation. There was tomb. She is brought there horror-struck, and also an affectation of tinsel and frippery in his dies at the monumental statue of ber father, costume. It was a gross sault to dress differently which, iu lier freuzy, slie fancied was lois spectre. from his brother consul, independently of the The consulur governmeut is now established, i violation of the character of Brutus. All the and ilie conspiracy of the young nobles of Rome oilier characters were subordinate. Titus, the is discovered. The sou of the consul is among son of Brutus, and Sextus, were respectably them. He had been won by his love of Tar- played by Mr. Fisher and Mr. H. Kemble. quina, the tyrant's danghter, who had saved his Mrs. Glover represented the remoise and frenzy life. Now comes the trial of the soul of Brulus. of Tullia, will force ; and Mrs. West produced He judyrs, and coudruns his son-gives the sowe good effects in Tarquina. sigual for his execution-sees it doue behind the

A new farce has also been performed at scenes-Inses the Roman in the father, when the axe gives the fatal blow-falls into the aruis of

this theatre, entitled, Is he alive ; or, All his brother consul, iind the curtain falls.

Puzzled. It was produced originally at The miry of time, it will be observed, is the close of the last season, on the occa. wholly discarded; but the simplicity of the ac sion of Mr. Kuight's benefit; and the retion is oloserved, and even the unity of place is ception which it then met, eucouraged the not very palpably violated by the changes of

managers to bring it forward on their own srene between Rome, Ardea, and Collatium.-The author of this play bas taken advantage,

account. The experiment has succeeded; very freely, of Lee's play ou lbis subject, and

the farce was well received, and announced he is also indebied to Voltaire. The traces of for repetition with applause. The plot, Leenere chiefly observable in the earlier scenes, thoughi simple in itself, is not very clearly which were by far the most poetical. There are developed. The humour is not of that several plays on this subject; but the structure

broad cast which generally distinguishes of the fragedy before us has oui, as far as we know, been taken from any of them. We

farce from comedy; but it is without affecshould judge, on the contrary, that the author | tation, and cousequeutly entitled, so far, took the subject us he found it in Livy, one of to praise. the most eloquent, aud decidedly the most dra. Mutic of bistoriaus ; that he sketched out bis play ou his own views, and, in completing his

COVENT-GARDEN. work, took advantage of the best scenes which

Two or three old dramas have been re. he found to his purpose in other plays on the same subject. It was brouglit out will great

vived at this theatre, and, amongst them, spleudour. There was, perhaps, rather too

the Earl of Warwick and the Castle Specmuch shouting an spectacle. Tbere are two tre. The former play was very judiciously processions iu the first ict: this was at least reduced from five acts into three, and was one ivo many. We should recommend that se.

thus about one third more tolerable than seral scenes should be shortened : the length of in its original state. We have not the the play admits of curtailment. There is one alleration which we think of the utmost import

smallest objection to these reductions by auce : it is, that Lucretia should not appear a

the stage and acting managers. The trasecond time. Let hier die behind the scene's, and gedy is heavy and dull, and the very best let Brutus rush in with the daoger, hot and aciors, we should think, would find it very reeking with loer blood. Mr. Keun's nariation difficult to render it more than tolerable. will be more effective than the action of Mrs.

Mr. Macready's personation of Warwick Robinson. The close of ile fourth uct also re.

was distinguished by great strength of coue qnires souie alteration : the iwo first acts were very good; and 1wo scenes of the titili, excel. ception and execution. Mr. Abboit aclent. The characier or Brutus was performed quitted bimself creditably in Edward; but with great ability and effect tox Mr. Kean: Ibe the chief novelty, for the introduction of transitions from seeming idioicy to intellectual which the play seemed to have been selectand morai elevation, mere powerint, vatural, ed, was the performance of Margaret of and unexoggerated. There was, perhaps, some

Anjou by Miss Somerville. This lady posHaut of the antique classic 3 randenr which we associate with the elder Brutus; but on the other

sesses considerable powers of declamation, band, there were fine touches of energy and pa not unmixed with feeling aud pathos, but No. 117.-Vol XVIII.

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she is rather too fond of exhibiting the first, been excellently dramatized by Mr. Monof those qualities. We were too much re creiff, whose talents for such composition minded of this defect, though our opinion are of no middling stamp. The character of the wliole undertaking is very favour- of John Wilmot, which was admirably able. Wherever rage and indignation performed by · Mr. Elliston, is full of huwere to be exhibited, she fulhilled her task

Mr. Pearman, whose vocal talents with ability; and if she was less happy in are already well known to the public, susthe more tender scenes, these sceues were tained the rank of the Duke of BuckingJess important to the perfect colouring of ham. His songs were given in very efthe character. The last scene was very fective style. Mrs. Edwin, the former faimpressive, and her exit was honoured vourite of Drury-lane, represented the with distinguished applause.

Countess of Lovelaugh, and her propensity The Castle Spectre is a much more at: to merriment was so irresistibly catching, tractive drama, though with less merit, that she frequently “set the audience in a perhaps (if less there can be in a play suf- roar.” A burlesque tragedy was the sefered to keep possession of the stage). Mr. i cond entertainment: it was, perhaps, exLewis, the author, certainly excelled all cessively farcical in some instances, but the writers of his time in dressing up these upon the whole, it created great amusetales of terror, and in giving such a colour ment. This little theatre continues to be and such circumstances to his monsters and nightly crowded. prodigies, as diverted the attention from their nonsense and absurdity. But the

COBOURG THEATRE. Castle Spectre is, at best, only a splendid spectacle.

A New piece has been produced at this Miss O'Neill gave a very impressive and

theatre, entitled El Hyder ; or, The Chief picturesque representation of the part of of the Gaut Mountains

. The scenery was Angela. Her address to Osmond had more

particularly splendid. The action being force than belongs to it in the insipid bom- laid in the East, several opportunities were bast of the play itself. The presenting to

afforded for rich spectacle, and they were Osmond the dagger, stained with her mo

made use of to great advantage. The view ther's blood, which he had shed, was exe

of a bridge and cataract called forth genecuted with the greatest happiness; and the ral admiration, as did also the representascene with the apparition produced the tion of a triumphal arch and a pillar of deepest emotion, by the mingled expres

victory. The procession of Hamet into the sion of filial tenderness and supernatural city, was splendid in a high degree; but fear, in conflict with each other, until, at

the most imposing appearance was created length, the latter prevails, and she drops by the view of the mine and the burning down lifeless. Mr. Young played Earl ruins. The story of the piece is interest Osmond with his usual ability; Mr. C. ! ing and well developed, considering the Kemble played the insignificant part of immense variety of incidents which it emPercy, and was much applauded, for his

braces. The characters were excellently owu sake, not for that of the character.- sustained. The well-known pantomime of The part of Hassan was remarkably well

La Perouse followed, and the scenery here, supported by Mr. Abbott.

also, would not be unworthy. any theatre. was entertaining in the monastic bon. Every seat in the edifice was occupied. vivant; but Mrs. Yates did not look and move the Apparition well.

LITERARY INTELLIGENCE.

Mr. Emery

REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS,

OLYMPIC THEATRE.

Night-Mare Abbey. By the author of HeadThis handsome theatre has re-opened long-Hall.1 vol. 12mo. Hookbams, with a new comic historical burletta, in Baldwin, Craddock and Joy. three acts, under the title of Rochester. The truly unique style of this sprightly The piece is founded on a well-known ex volume would have convinced us of its travagance of that celebrated Lord, and has | author without the assistance of the title

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page. Headlong-Hall, and the delightful | is, that Scythrop falls in love with her, novel of Melincourt, were sufficient to es without ceasing to love Marionetta; this. tablish the fame of their writer, as to wit gives the author a fair occasion, and which and fancy, expressed in a style at once he has well improved, of satirizing the chaste, original, and striking.

Stellas and Charlottes of German romances. This wit and fancy are not decreased in The marriage of Scythrop with Marithe volume before us; we perused the work onetta, has however been fixed on, when with the most lively satisfaction; and we on an unlucky remark from the former on find in it but one fault, namely, that it is his father's being too precipitate, the lady too excellent to be properly appreciated by consequently takes offence and the match general readers, and we fear it will be but is put off; soon after Celinda takes refuge, a select number who will thoroughly un as we have above stated, in Scythrop's apartderstand its pointed and appropriate satire. ment, and she takes the name of Stella.

Night-Mare Abbey, as the author informs She is afterwards discovered by Mr. Glowry. us, is a venerable family mansion, the Scythrop trembles lest his father should seat of Christopher Glowry, Esq. a wi- divulge his love for Marionetta, which in dower. His only son, Scythrop, is of a fact he does, and his son tries to drown character as eccentric as his father; he has what he says by bawling in his ear the forbeen christened after an ancestor who had | mation, &c. of that useful member; and in hanged himself, and of whose skull Mr. | which a lash is evidently given to a certain Glowry had made a punch bowl!

renowned aurist. Mr. Glowry, among other ecceutricities, The two young ladies take their deparalways chose his servants, “ for a long face, ture shortly after this event, and letters aror a dismal name,"—his butler was Raven, rive, in a few days from each, informing the his steward Crow, his vallet Skellet, and enamoured Scythrop that Celinda is marDiggory Death’s-head, his footnian. ried to Flosky, and Marionetta to the Ho

Amongst the most agreeable of Mr. | nourable Mr. Listless. Glowry's visitors is a Mr. Hilary, whose

The above is the chief outline of this vivacity is exuberant. A Mr. Flosky is a amusing and well written work: we shall man of mystery, fond of the marvellous : a now subjoin a few extracts from those sepa. millenarian of the name of Toobad, is a rate parts which we found particularly character admirably, though very higbly striking. coloured; the Reverend Mr. Larynx, an

MR. GLOWRY'S IDEAS OF MATRIMONY. accommodating clergyman; and the orphan

“ Marriage is therefore a lottery, and the less niece of Mr. Glowry, Marionetta Celestina choice and selection a man bestows on his ticket O'Carroll, is a very natural character, fond the better : for, if he has incurred considerable of her cousin Scythrop, but capricious and pains and expence to obtain a lucky number, volatile; flying off as she finds him most

and his lucky number proves a blank, he expeattached to her, and anxious to regain bis

riences not a simple but a complicated disap

pointment; the loss of labour and money being affections when she fears they are waver

superadded to the disappointment of drawing a ing.

blank, which, constituting simply and entirely We must not pass by the Honourable Mr. the grievance of him who has chosen bis ticket Listless, who is one of the dozing kind of at random, is, from its simplicity, the more en. dandies of the present day; neither will it durable.” be pardonable if we omit to mention Ce

ORIGINALITY OF SCYTHROP'S CHARACTER. linda, the daughter of Mr. Toobad, a very

“Scythrop bad a certain portion of mechanical romantic lady, whom Mr. Asteras, the genius, which his romantic projects tended to ichthyologist, has mistaken for a mermaid develope. He constructed models of cells and (a being which he is in auxious search after), recesses, sliding pannels and secret passages, while she is seeking to hide herself in the that would have baffled the skill of the Parisian environs of Night-Mare Abbey. Celinda police. He took the opportunity of his father's at length finds hier way to the apartment Abbey, and between them they gave reality to

absence to smuggle a dumb carpenter into the of Scythrop, who conceals her in another,

one of these models in Scythrop's tower. Scy by means of a secret passage through his throp foresaw tbat a great leader of human regebook.case: the result of which confidence" neration would be involved in fearful dilemnen,

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and determined, for the benefit of mankind in realises all the present good, the other converts general, to adopt all possible precautions for the it into pain, hy pining after something better, preservation of himself,

which is only better because it is not present, and “The servants, even the women, had been in which, if it were present, would not be enjored, tored into silence. Profound stillne-s reigned | These morbil spirits are in life what professed throughout and aronnd the Abley, except when critics are in literature; they see nothing bet the occasional shutting of a door would peal in faults, because thry are predetermined to shnt Jong reverberations throngh the galleries, or the their eyes to bramies. The crilic does his elmost beavy tread of the pensive butler would wake to bliylit genius in its infancy: that which rises in the hollow echocs of the hall. Scythrop stalked spite of him he will not see; and then he coidabout like the grand inquisitor, and the servants plains of the decline of literature. In like man. fitted past him like familiars. In liis evening ner, these cankers of society complain of human meditations on the terrace, under the iry of the mature and society, when they have wilfully deruined tower, the only sonnds that came in his barred themselves from all the good they contain, ear were the rustling of the wind in the ivy-the lad done their utmost to blight their own happi. plaintive voices of the feathered choristers, the less and that of all around them. Misanthropy owls,—the occasional striking of the Abbey- is sometimes the product of disappointed bede. clock,-and the monotonous dish of the sea on volence; but it is more frequently the offspring its low and level shore. In the mean time lie

of overweening and mortified ranity, quarrels drank Madeira, and laid deep schemes for a lings with the world for not being better treated thorough repair of the crazy fabric of bumnan than it deserves.” nature.”

WELL DRAWN CHARACTER OF A FRENCHMAN. CHARACTER 'OF'MARIONETTA.

* A Frenchman is a monstrous compound of " Miss Marionetta Celestina O'Carroll, was monkey, spaniel, and tiyer : the most parasiti. a very blooming and accomplished young lady. cal, the ntost servile, and the most cruel, of all Being a compound of the Allegro Vivace of the animals in human shape. He is born in haruess, O'Carrolls, and of the Anılante Doloroso of the ready saddled, lvitted, and bridleil, for any tyrant Glowries, she exhibited in her own character all to ride. He will faven under his rider one nothe diversities of an April sky. Her hair was ment, and ihrow loim and kick lirm to death the light-brown: her eyes hazel, and sparkling with next: but another adventurer springs on his a mild but luctuating light: her features regne back, anol, by dint of whip and spir, on he goes Jar: her lips full, and of equal size : and her as before, dipping his handkerchief in blood or is person surpassing's graceful. She was a prof. otto of risps, with the same polite empressement, cient in music. Her conversation was spriglily, and cutting a thront or an orange with the sunr but always on subjects liglit in their nalure and griuuiug nonchalance.limited in their interest: for moral sympathies, in any general sense, had no place in her mind.

MR. TOOBAD'S COMPARISON BETWEEN PAST She had some coquetry, and more caprice, liking and disliking almost in the sime moment; pire “ The devil has come among 11s, and has begon suing an object with earnestness, while it seemed ''hy taking possession of all the cleverest fellows. unattainable, and rejective it when in lier power, Yet, forseuils, this is the enlightenedage. as not worth the trouble of possessing."

how ? Did our ancestors go peeping abont will

durk lanterns; and du we walk at our ense ia THE BLESSINGS OF A HAPPY DISPOSITION.

broad sunshine? Where is the manifestation of “ A happy disposition fiods materials of en. our liylil? By what symptoms do we recognise joyment every where. In the city, or the coun it? What are its signs, ils tokens, its sympitins, try-in society, or in soliunde in the theatre, lits symbols, its categories, its condicions? What or the forest in the benen of the multitude, or is il, and why? How, where, wlien, is it to be the silence of the mouniains, are alike m:terials seen, felt, aud understood ? What do we see by of reflection and elements of pleasure. It is one it which our ancestors saw not, and which at the mode of pleasure to listen to the music of “ Don same time is worth speing? We see a hundred Giovanni,” in a theatre glittering with light, men banged wbere they saw alle. We see fire and crowded with elegance and beauty: it is hundred irausported, where they saw one. We another to glide at sunset over the bosom of a see five thousand in the work house, where they lonely lake, where no sound disturbs ibe silence

We see scores of Bible Societies, but the motion of the boat through the waters. where they saw bone. Wesee paper, where they A happy disposition derives pleasure from both, saw gold. Me see men in stays, where they saw a discontented temper from neiiber, but is always

men in arinour, We see painted faces, where busy in detecting deficiencies, and feeding dissa. ! they saw healthy ones. We see children perishtisfaction with comparisous. The one gathers ling in manufactories, where they saw them fluge all the flowers, the other all the nettles, in its risting in the fields. We see prisons, where thres path. The one has the faculty of enjoying every saw, casties. We gee masters, where they ** ibing, the other of enjoying nothing. The age Il representatives. In sbort, they saw true mienga'.

AND PRESENT TIMES.

saw one.

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